Temperament

The extent to which breeds of sheep vary from one another in temperament is not always fully appreciated.
To get the best out of a breed one should be familiar with the conditions under which it has been developed.
These will have produced lasting influences on its temperament, preference in the matter of conditions, confirmation in relation to grazing steep country, powers of digestion etc.

The alert, almost nervous, Cheviot, for example, is a very different sheep in these respects from the Romney, and the Perendale, although half Romney, Cheviot in parentage, again is a very different sheep from both. It must be handled quietly.

With this quick moving, intelligent sheep you can get through the work sooner than with other breeds, and an excessive amount of noise and dogging is not required.